Winters Fire Department was on scene at multiple vegetation fires over the last week, including the Quail Fire.
From May 17 through May 23, Fire Chief Brad L. Lopez said Winters Fire crews were dispatched to seven different fires.
On May 17, they extinguished a control burn on CR 90A that was out of control. They followed up on May 18 when the vegetation fire rekindled due to high winds.
The other five fires Winters Fire crews gave mutual aid to vegetation fires in Esparto, Davis, West Sacramento and Dixon. They also sent a crew out to the Dunnigan Fire on May 20.
On the Dunnigan Fire incident page, CalFire Solano-Lake-Napa Unit (CalFire) reported that it began around 3:08 p.m. on Friday along County Road 11 and County Rd 85, south west of Dunnigan. The fire was 100 percent contained around 6:42 p.m. and burned a total of 120 acres. The vegetation fire did not destroy any structures.
The cause of the Dunnigan Fire is still under investigation.
Quail Fire 2022
CalFire reported that the Quail Fire began at 3:14 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 along Quail Canyon Road and Pleasents Valley Road, southwest of Winters. However, some rural Solano residents in the area told the Express that it started prior to the timestamp.
CalFire reported the blaze was extinguished two days later on Monday, May 23 around 5:55 p.m. In total, the Quail Fire burned 135 acres of vegetation. No structures were reported as damaged on CalFire’s Quail Fire incident page. The cause of the fire is unknown.
On May 21 around 5 p.m., Solano County Office of Emergency upgraded the evacuation warning to an evacuation order for all residents on Quail Canyon Road and on Pleasants Valley Road from Quail Canyon north to Hwy 128, and west to the county line.
Solano OES reduced the evacuation order back to a warning around 8:30 p.m. that evening.
Lopez said he believes residents are taking good proactive approaches to safeguarding their properties to reduce the risk of wildfires.
“Please be vigilant around dry vegetation, the lack of rain, drought conditions and climate have critical impacts to vegetation which is incredibly volatile now,” Lopez said.
Local fire councils
The Yolo County Fire Safe Council and the West Winters Fire Safe Council are working to get more attendees at meetings and to bring awareness to their groups.
Debbie Hunter, West Winters Fire Safety Council communications director, said their fire safety council’s membership is at 100, and the group is open to anyone with interest.
The steering committee meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in joining or attending can email